September 3, 2015 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 2
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Campus Update

Labor Day Weekend

In observance of Labor Day Weekend, school and administrative offices will be closed tomorrow and Monday. Classes resume on Tuesday, September 8.


After a brief blessing by former faculty member Gates DeHart on Monday morning in the CAC, Dr. Proctor rang the very same bells that Margaret “Billie” Northcross used 70 years ago to signal the start of the school year. Upper School SCA President Jane Ward ’16 addressed the students, and lower school students received their class assignments for the upcoming year.

Click here to view photos from the first day of school on our Facebook page.

Best Wishes for Two Raiders

Today marks the last day at North Cross for two important and vital members of our staff. Stephen Belderes, Dean of Student Life, summed it up for so many of the people who have worked with Whitney Aldridge and Katherine Kelly. “Everyone will miss them. I know it's simple, but it is absolutely true.”

Whitney Aldridge (center in photo) has been an integral part of the community since 2010. Working closely with Dr. Proctor in her role as Assistant to the Headmaster, Whitney also coordinated campus events including Convocation, Founders’ Day, and Commencement. She helped Ellie Proctor host the parties at the Headmaster’s home for special guests, alumni, and the school community. Always one of the busiest people on campus, she even found the time to assist with the marketing and promotion of the school by writing press releases, editing our weekly Crossties emails, and establishing our social media presence. Starting next week, Whitney Aldridge will begin at Roanoke College as the Assistant to the President, working directly with Roanoke College President Mike Maxey.

David Lake, Associate Director of Development, appreciated how Whitney was a Raider in the best sense of the word. “She found a way to contribute in everything she touched—taking the lead, being support, giving feedback, lending a second set of eyes, being a critical thinker, or just cheering you on. You can count on her to be present and engaged,” he said.

“She was a North Cross person the day she arrived,” Director of Development Chris Moore ’71 said. “Many of her friends are alumni and friends of the school, and she represented us well. Everyone here saw her involvement, she touched every part of our community.”

Katherine Kelly ’98 (left in photo from 1998 yearbook) has worked in the Admission Department since 2012, and has led our resurgent varsity field hockey team the last few seasons as the head coach—taking them to the state championship last fall. Katherine will be moving on to the next phase of her life in Washington, D.C. Amy Jackson, Director of Admission, said that having an alum of the school in the department has been an asset. “Katherine has a real love of the school, and she shared that passion with our families as we welcomed them to our community,” she said. Chris Moore echoed Amy’s statement. “As an alum, her passion, experience, and knowledge lent instant credibility to everything she said to a prospective parent,” he said.

Academic Update

A Collaboration Challenge

Fifth grade reading and language arts classes working with Ms. Lisa Cone learned about collaboration this week and participated in the “Marshmallow Challenge” activity popularized by Tom Wujec.

Click here to read more about the challenge and what the students accomplished.

Art Update

On Display in Logan Gallery

“Parallels and Divergences,” featuring works by Michael Farrar and Nancy Newhard–Farrar, is on display in Logan Gallery. The show, which includes “Redbuds in Spring” by Nancy Newhard-Farrar (in photo), runs through September 30.

Click here to see samples from the show.

Athletic Update

Varsity Football Drops Home Opener

Despite an early lead in the second quarter, the Raiders lost their first game of the season to visiting Nansemond-Suffolk by a score of 54-28 on Saturday afternoon. Jordan Lowery ’16 had 8 catches, 149 yards and 2 touchdown catches in addition to a 74-yard kickoff return for touchdown.

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Field Hockey Loses Opener

The Raiders lost their their 2015 opener 6-0 against Covenant School on Tuesday afternoon. Down 1-0 at halftime, the Raiders fought hard but could not contain the visitors in the second half.

Cross Country Cruises to Victory

Walter Mann ’16 led the way for the Raiders on Wednesday afternoon in the boys’ varsity cross country race against visiting Christian Heritage Academy and Craig County High School. (Photo by Yearbook photographer Justin Jensen ’16) 

Click to read more and view photos.
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